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2 Does my child have a Special Educational Need?

Government guidance.

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 states, 'a child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.' Whilst According to the Equality Act 2010 you have a disability, ‘ if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.’ 

Where to get information.

Information from the Authority with regards to SEN can be found on the Bradford Local Offer, this webpage is detailed below.

Both the Local Authority and St Matthew's C of E Primary and Nursery School use Progress Grids to assess a child's level of need. School will then use the Bradford Matrix of need to support with planning provision for children. All of these documents can be found below. 

 Who to talk to if you think your child may have a Special Educational Need.

If you think your child may have 'Special Educational Needs' you should raise this with your child’s class teacher in the first instance. If you feel you need further advice then contact Miss Keates (SENDCo) or your child's GP.  We also arrange drop ins for parents to seek advice from the Parental Involvement Officer (Mrs Lock),  our Educational Psychologist (Hayley Armstrong)  and SENCO (Miss Keates.) Please feel free to see us at one of these sessions to discuss any concerns or information you may need. Alternatively you can arrange an appointment by calling the school office or emailing or

For Sendco enquiries please ask to speak to Kirsty Keates 

How might school identify a child that may have Special Educational Needs. 

If your child is identified as not making expected progress or having a Special Educational Need or Disability, the school will set up a meeting to discuss this with you. They will: 

  • Share initial concerns. 
  • Review provision that has been in place for your child and the impact of this. 
  • Arrange additional support or interventions your child may need. 
  • Discuss any further referrals to other professionals if necessary. 
  • Explain and agree the review process that is in place for your child.